|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) by Dante Alighieri:
Jacopo Rusticucci, Arrigo, and Mosca,
And others who on good deeds set their thoughts,
Say where they are, and cause that I may know them;
For great desire constraineth me to learn
If Heaven doth sweeten them, or Hell envenom."
And he: "They are among the blacker souls;
A different sin downweighs them to the bottom;
If thou so far descendest, thou canst see them.
But when thou art again in the sweet world,
I pray thee to the mind of others bring me;
No more I tell thee and no more I answer."
The Divine Comedy (translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Royalty Restored/London Under Charles II by J. Fitzgerald Molloy:
This man the "noble and beautiful earl" furnished with a red coat
and a musket, that he might pass as a sentinel, and then placed
him every night throughout one winter at the doors of certain
ladies of quality whom he suspected of carrying on intrigues.
In this disguise the footman readily passed as a soldier
stationed at his post by command of his officer, and was thus
enabled to note what gentlemen called on the suspected ladies at
unreasonable but not unfashionable hours. Accordingly, my lord
made many surprising discoveries, and when he had gained
sufficient information on such delicate points, he quietly
retired into the country, that he might with greater ease devote
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Whirligigs by O. Henry:
He carried in one hand a small satchel, which he set down
upon the floor beside the chair which the lawyer placed
for him. His clothing was of good quality, but it was worn
without regard to neatness or style, and appeared to be
covered with the dust of travel.
"You make a specialty of divorce cases," he said, in,
an agitated but business-like tone.
"I may say," began Lawyer Gooch, "that my prac-
tice has not altogether avoided -- "
"I know you do," interrupted client number three.
"You needn't tell me. I've heard all about you. I have
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from Democracy In America, Volume 1 by Alexis de Toqueville:
and that of Georgia, 15.5 per cent. (See the "American Almanac,"
1832, p. 162) But the population of Russia, which increases more
rapidly than that of any other European country, only augments in
ten years at the rate of 9.5 per cent.; in France, at the rate of
seven per cent.; and in Europe in general, at the rate of 4.7 per
cent. (See "Malte Brun," vol. vi. p. 95)]
[Footnote s: It must be admitted, however, that the depreciation
which has taken place in the value of tobacco, during the last
fifty years, has notably diminished the opulence of the Southern
planters: but this circumstance is as independent of the will of
their Northern brethren as it is of their own.]